JKC-1 Synergy MFG’s JK Commando
JKC-1 is not just another pretty face roped off on the showroom floor with “Do Not Touch” signs protecting it. Dave Schlossberg of Synergy Manufacturing wanted something that would catch the eye of every Jeep enthusiast to showcase some of the parts his company makes. Six months and 2,000+ work hours later he had an award-winning rolling display that turns heads both on and off the trail.
Our first introduction to the JKC-1 was during the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It was obviously making quite a statement, as we had to walk through a crowd gathered around it to get a close look. The sexy vintage body paired with modern JK Wrangler drivetrain, a beefed-up V-8, and the subtle addition of upgraded bumpers front and rear makes this Jeep truly pleasing to the eye. You can see that it was a labor of love for co-builders Dustin Boyack and Kevin Burk; their attention to detail was evident in every component of JKC-1. However, we wanted to see it in action.
We met up with Dave and the crew from Synergy Manufacturing on the Rubicon Trail to see how the JKC-1 performed off-road. The Jeepster dominated the trail with ease and grace. By trimming 15-inches off the donor frame, the new 101-inch wheelbase allowed for maneuverability in tight places and offered just enough length for comfortable passage on steep trail ascents and descents. The modified Synergy Stage 3 lift kit offers 12 to 15-inches of wheel travel, so flexing through the rocky terrain is a breeze.
Why This Jeep?Every inch of this build is pure perfection; the clean lines and attention to detail speak to the dedication of the team and the amount of time invested in development of the JKC-1. From the suspension to the exterior and interior, it carries the theme of modern performance, convenience and comfort, yet the old school flair is still present. Well done!
Hard FactsVehicle: 1971 Jeepster Commando body on a modified 2017 JKU frame (101-inch wheelbase)
Engine: 6.0L LQ4 V-8 (mildly built)
Transmission: 4L80E by Gearstar Performance
Transfer Case: Advanced Adapters Atlas (low-range ratio 3.8:1)
Suspension: Synergy Stage 3 2-inch suspension system; Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks; Synergy high steer drag link and tie rod; cooler and steering pump from PSC Motorsports; Synergy track bar/track bar mounts front and rear; Synergy Heavy Duty Skid Plate System
Axles: Factory Jeep Rubicon Dana 44, 4.10 gears; factory lockers; RCV axles with Synergy MFG axle truss kit front and rear
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50/17 Nitto Ridge Grappler on 17x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothies